Model Elyse Knowles has opened up about her insecurity with her skin, revealing she has struggled with “really bad pimples” for years.
The 26-year-old told Instagram followers that although she tends to keep things “bottled up” because she didn’t want to seem ungrateful, she decided to be “vulnerable and honest” and share this hidden struggle.
And with that, she shared several photos of herself without any makeup – something she said she’s never done on her Instagram before.
In a blog post on her website, the Myer ambassador said she wanted to share this “very raw version” of herself in the hopes it would help others experiencing similar insecurities.
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I tend to keep things bottled up because I know how blessed I am in many ways. But SKIN does get to me. We all need to be vulnerable & honest at particular points in our lives. It’s not about attracting attention, it’s about being human & reminding ourselves that we all battle with different things from time-to-time. My battle with skin has been ongoing & constant. While it may not look pretty, it’s real. I’m accepting it more and more, but would love to knock them out of the park. Read my thoughts and history with skin! LINK IN BIO. ☹️????????????♀️
“Skin has always been a trouble of mine. I’ve combated blemishes and really bad pimples for years and years,” she said.
“And it can really get me down and cause me to feel incredibly self-conscious.”
“I know how blessed I am in many ways, and some people have much greater troubles with the condition of their skin. I also understand that breakouts are not the end of the world.
“But despite these rational thoughts, I’m only human and the truth is that my skin issues do make me feel crappy.
It’s a thought process that will be oh-so-relatable to anyone who’s struggled with acne or skin problems themselves.
Especially for all the women and men who, like Elyse, only started getting bad pimples in their late teens or early 20s.
Like others, she’s tried all different types of treatments, including the controversial vitamin A medication, Roaccutane, which she doesn’t recommend unless it’s a “last resort”.